How to customize your activity status in Discord

Updated: 05/03/2022 by Computer Hope
Discord status showing ComputerHope user playing

While in Discord, you can show others what game you're playing or the software you're currently utilizing. For example, the picture shows the user ComputerHope, who's "Playing" while online. As you use other programs, this status can also change automatically if you choose. To enable and customize this option, follow the steps below.


If you're accessing Discord through a browser window (e.g., Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc.), this feature is not available; you'll need to download the Discord app.

  1. Open the Discord app on your computer.
  2. In the bottom-left corner of the window, click the gear icon (User Settings) next to your name.

Discord user settings gear icon

  1. In the User Settings window, scroll down to the Activity Settings section and click Activity Status.
  2. In the Activity Status window (shown below), ensure the toggle switch is checked and enabled.
  3. Once the activity status message is enabled, you'll be able to add a game or program by clicking the Add it! button.

You can only add a game or program currently running on the computer you're using. If you're adding something new, make sure it's open and running.

Discord Activity Status window to change the game and programs shown in your activity.

Once a program is added, you can change its description to anything. For example, we added the Chrome browser and then changed its description to "" So, anytime we're in Chrome, it shows "Playing"

To change the description of a program, click the current name to make it a text box where it can be customized. Using the keyboard, erase and type what you want to be displayed.

Finally, make sure the overlay toggle is turned on.


Discord uses the path to the program executable to determine which one is being used. If the program is moved or uninstalled, this feature stops working. Also, when a program is updated, it may break this feature. If your activity status stops working, remove the program and repeat the above steps.

How do I remove an added game or program?

To remove a program, hover the mouse pointer over the program in the Activity Status window and click the red X in the top-right corner.

My program or game is not shown

If the program or game is open and running but is not shown in the Add it! section it's not supported by Discord.

I don't have an option to add games or programs

To see all options shown above, you must be using the Discord program on your computer. If you're accessing Discord through your browser or smartphone, these steps do not work.